by David M. Schwartz
A group trying to survive along the American River finds life closing in on them from two unexpected directions.
by David M. Schwartz
A group trying to survive along the American River finds life closing in on them from two unexpected directions.
Access Sacramento’s 10 original world premiere films from the 2014 “Place Called Sacramento” will be broadcast for the first time on Access Sacramento Cable channel 17 this Sunday.
The films were all written, produced and directed by Sacramento filmmakers, starring Sacramento actors and using local technicians and crew.
The festival begins with a script writing competition where 10 scripts are selected for production over the summer, intending to reveal the work the following October on the big screen at The Crest Theatre.
Sunday’s telecast includes the opening introduction of the festival with comments from Access Sacramento board chair JoAnn Fuller and Executive Director Gary Martin. After the 10 films, several announcements include the naming of the Audience Favorite and the Producer’s choice awards.
Watch the festival on Access Sacramento, Comcast and Consolidated Communications (SureWest) Channel 17 and AT&T U-verse channel 14. The program can also be seen from Access Sacramento.org.
The films are:
“Bereaved” by Illana Hack – In an endless parade of funerals, one limo driver’s life take an unanticipated turn the day Gloria Steinberg speaks to him from the back seat.
“The Charismatic Man” by Tony Carillo Rodriguez –Hard work brings a Sacramento piano virtuoso the job of his dreams. But can the man making the offer be trusted?
“The Find” by Adam Chollet – Crying “Eureka!” may bring sudden joy—or disaster. One father and son must decide after “The Find” brings an bewildering choice.
“Hope and Prey” by Karen Orcutt – When the stress of returning home from war begins to destroy his family, one man’s search for hope follows a path he never expected.
“Labyrinth” by Lonon Smith – A rediscovered memory of a life in the Gold Rush brings a man face-to-face with a contemporary future, when he sets out to walk “The Labyrinth.”
“Parkway” by David Schwartz – A group of homeless trying to survive along the American River find life closing in on them from two unexpected directions.
“The Shadow Over Sacramento” by Daniel Paschal – One by one the homeless along the river are disappearing. A sharp-witted detective spots a light of truth, but can he penetrate “The Shadow Over Sacramento”?
“The Story” by Danna Wilberg – One mother’s Christmas holiday takes a surprising turn when an unexpected visitor suddenly steers “The Story” in a whole new direction.
“Time Waits for No One” by Tom Pettit – The source of a young man’s super power to affect the speed of time is revealed as he encounters the identities of those closest to him.
“Two Pods and a Pea” by Thuy Pham Modern medicine or time honored customs? Expectant Sacramento parents try for balance as their magic day approaches.
The festival program can be seen on the following nine dates:
Sunday, December 21st @ 5:00pm
Monday, December 22nd @ 9:00am
Tuesday, December 23rd @ 1:00am
Saturday, December 27th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, December 28th @ 10:00am
Monday, December 29th @ 2:00am
Sunday, January 4th @ 5:30pm
Monday, January 5th @ 9:30am
Tuesday, January 6th @ 1:30am
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Access Sacramento’s 15th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival featured the world premiere of 10 original short films, all written, produced, filmed and edited right here in Sacramento.
Writer/Director Thuy Pham’s film “Two Pods and a Pea” won two specialty awards at the event, taking honors for the “Audience Favorite” and “Producers’ Choice.”
The 10 films were created during the summer after 10 winning writers were selected in a triple-juried script competition early in the year. After Access Sacramento’s Cast and Crew Call in May, the writers turned into producers and created their films with the help of volunteer actors and crew.
The Film Festival with comments from the filmmakers and news from Access Sacramento will be broadcast at Access Sacramento in several weeks. Later, the films will be featured on this website and also from AccessSacramento. org
All of the writers commented from the stage, thanking their many supporters, and encouraging other local filmmakers to continue writing and working to get their stories turned into real movies.
Access Sacramento sponsors the competition annually as a way to encourage local film production, and to provide a creative way for Sacramento-based stories to have a permanent archive. Over the 15 years, Access Sacramento has help in the creation of 149 local films.
Festival Founder Ron Cooper, who retired as Access Sacramento Executive Director in 2013, attended this year’s festival and proclaimed it “Another great Access Sacramento success!”
For the last eight years, the co-organizer for “A Place Called Sacramento” has been Michelle Barbaria, Access Sacramento Live Wire! Producer and Office Manager. Barbaria was thanked from the stage for her years of service after announcing she had taken a new opportunity out of state. Executive Director Gary Martin presented her with a thank you award and wished her every success for the future.
As another first from the 2014 “A Place Called Sacramento,” the audience was able to vote by using their phones to text in their choice. The special opportunity was sponsored by the new acting website SacCasting.com as an added benefit to Festival attendees.
Benefits from the Film Festival support Access Sacramento projects including the Neighborhood News youth training program and the start up of a new low-power FM radio station, Access Sacramento’s KUBU 96.5 FM in November.
The 16h Annual Place Called Sacramento’s call for Scripts and the supporting classes in writing and production that support beginning filmmakers will be announced in January, 2015.
A Place Called Sacramento Film “Two Pods and a Pea” and Easter Seals “A Taste of Sacramento”
This week marks the last installment of “Meet the 2014 PCS Filmmakers” on LiveWire on Access Sacramento. Each week we have introduced you to one of the ten winners of the Place Called Sacramento Film Festival and this week you’ll get to meet Thuy Pham, Writer and Producer of “Two Pods and a Pea.” Thuy and his cast and crew have worked hard all summer to bring you a story about one family’s journey through childbirth. His story is charming and sweet and little bit informative, too. Tune to learn more on LiveWire! this week.
To learn more about “Two Pods and a Pea” by Thuy Pham you can ‘like’ and visit their Facebook fan page at www.Facebook.com/PCStwopeasinapod
We’ll also be talking with Gary Novak and Jennifer Urias from Easter Seals of Superior California region about their upcoming event “A Taste of Sacramento.” The event features samples Sacramento’s best food, wine, and beer. There is a silent auction and lots of fun. The event is an annual fundraiser for Easter Seals. The event happens on Friday, September 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center. Watch LiveWire! to learn more.
For details about “A Taste of Sacramento” and Easter Seals Superior California log on to www.MyEasterSeals.org .
Tune in to LiveWire! On Wednesday, September 10th at 5:00 p.m. on Access Sacramento channel 17. You can also watch online the same time it airs at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17’. The episode will re-air the following Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PST.
A Place Called Sacramento Films Being Turned in Today
Today marks the deadline for the 15th Annual A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival film submission from our 10 winning scriptwriters turned Producers. Ten have films were produced over the summer and Labor Day weekend was the last chance for putting finishing touches on their films. The Media Lab will be buzzing all day with the filmmakers while they upload their completed films to our system.
We’ve already had completed films from two filmmakers including Daniel Paschal “The Shadow Over Sacramento” and Thuy Pham “Two Pods & a Pea” (pictured) and we are very excited about the films we have received so far.
We can’t wait to share the 10 films at The Historic Crest Theatre on Sunday, October 5th at 1pm. Tickets are on sale now at Tickets.com and TheCrest.com. you can also purchase tickets at The Crest box office during their normal business hours which are listed on their website.
Congratulations to all the PCS Filmmaker!
See you at the Crest!
A Place Called Sacramento: Film “Parkway” & California Stage “Love Isadora”
This week is another installment of “Meet the 2014 PCS Filmmakers” on LiveWire on Access Sacramento. Each week we are introducing you to one of the ten winners of the Place Called Sacramento Scriptwriter turned Producers. This week features Filmmaker, David M. Schwartz who wrote and Produced “Parkway”. The film takes on a story that faces many people around us who are homeless. There are struggles and challenges each day for people who are on the street all day and sometimes they come together to defeat the odds. Join us on LiveWire! on to learn more about what inspired the filmmaker and get a sneak peek at a clip of the film.
To learn more about “Parkway” by David M. Schwartz you can visit the Access Sacramento website at www.AccessSacramento.org PCS 2014 page.
We’ll also get a visit from California Stage play, Rick Foster’s “Love Isadora” directed by Janis Stevens and starring Lori Russo as Isadora Duncan, the mother of Modern Dance. The show brings Isadora’s life experiences and passions to the stage in an inspiring light. This play is one you won’t want to miss. Watch LiveWire! to learn more.
For information about “Love Isadora” log on to www.CalStage.org
Tune in to LiveWire! on Access Sacramento channel 17 at 5pm on Wednesday, September 3rd at 5pm. You can also watch the simulcast online at 5pm at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17.’ The episode will re-air the following Thursday at 7:30pm.
A Place Called Sacramento Films
“Time Waits for No One” & “Bereaved”
This week marks the next installment of “Meet the 2014 PCS Filmmakers” on LiveWire on Access Sacramento. Each week we will introduce you to one of the ten winners of the Place Called Sacramento Film Festival.
This week will feature Ilana Hack’s filmmaking team who produced “Bereaved”. The film is about a woman who is on her way to a funeral. During the procession to the cemetery she has a conversation with the driver and they discover what truly matters in life.
To learn more about “Bereaved” by Ilana Hack you can ‘like’ and visit their Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Bereavedshortfilm
We’ll also meet Filmmaker, Tom Pettit. His film is called “Time Waits for No One” and is inspired by classic cult TV shows like the Twilight Zone and Night Gallery. His film takes on the dark side of humanity. It explores the mysteries of time and space. Tune in to see a short preview of his film.
To learn more about “Time Waits for No One” log on to www.facebook.com/pages/Time-Waits-For-No-One
Tune in to LiveWire! on Access Sacramento channel 17 at 5pm on Wednesday, August 27th . You can also watch the simulcast online at 5pm at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17.’ LiveWire! encore presentation is at 7:30pm the following Thursday night.
Veteran’s Organization “Forgotten Warrior”
A Place Called Sacramento Film
This week LiveWire! is happy to welcome Filmmaker, Lonon Smith from A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival. This is special PCS series of LiveWire! Lonon Smith with be on the program to share details about his PCS film “The Labyrinth”. His film focuses on the journey of one individual who reflects on their own life and the lives of loved ones. Travel the labyrinth through time and see the journey of their soul. The film premieres at the Historic Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento on Sunday, October 5th at 1 pm. Join us on LiveWire to learn more.
For details about the film log on to https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Labyrinth
Forgotten Warrior is a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping veteran’s in need. Meet the founder, Windwalker this week on LiveWire! The organization is fast growing and has some new offerings and news for the Sacramento and outer lying areas. Windwalker will tell us all about it this week on the show.
To learn more about Forgotten Warrior visit their website at http://www.forgottenwarrior.net
Tune in to LiveWire! on Access Sacramento on Wednesday, August 20th at 5pm or watch the simulcast online at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17’. The program re-airs the following Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
A Place Called Sacramento Filmmakers
“The Story” & “The Find”
This week LiveWire! is happy to welcome two more Filmmakers from A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival. This is special PCS series of LiveWire!
Veteran PCS Filmmaker, Danna Wilberg will be appearing on the program this week to talk about her 2014 PCS film “The Story”. The film is about one families story of Christmas. It features lovely images of Sacramento in the winter time. Part of her challenge was making it look like Christmas in the summer and having bundled up actors in the sun. Her wonderful cast and crew loved her film and rose to the challenge.
You can ‘like’ Danna’s film “The Story” on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-STORY-by-DannaWilberg
“The Find” was written and Produced by Adam Chollet. His story focuses on man who has been lured into the modern day gold rush. It takes place along the riverside and challenges arise as his search for ‘the find’ continues. Adam’s story is one that can be happening right now in the mountains and along the riverbanks of the American and the Sacramento rivers.
You can ‘Like’ the film “The Find” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thefindmovie
Tune in to LiveWire! on Access Sacramento on Wednesday, August 13th at 5pm or watch the simulcast online at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17’. The program re-airs the following Thursday at 7:30 p.m.